There are two major scenarios for slowdown with Windows 7- when Windows 7 runs a little slower every day until eventually grinding to a halt, and when your find Windows 7 running slow all of a sudden. While there is some overlap in the causes of these two different forms of slowdown, a sudden occurrence of slowdown requires a different framework to evaluate and solve the roots of this issue.
Read on and learn the main causes of sudden slowdown.
Why You Found Windows 7 Running Slow all of a Sudden
While a slow and gradually escalating form of Windows slowdown is likely due to the accumulation of junk files on your system, sudden slowdown usually occurs for more insidious reasons.
- Viruses are the main cause of a sudden case of crippling slowdown.
- It’s possible you recently installed a program that runs in the background and eats a lot of resources.
- There is a problem with your SATA cable. This is shorthand for your Serial Advanced Technology Attachment, which (in a nutshell) connects your computer’s motherboard with its hard drive. This is a fairly common problem as SATA cables are often flimsy connections.
Reversing Your Windows 7 running slow all of a sudden Problem
Provided your computer isn’t completely frozen up all the time, and that it simply runs into massive slowdown on regular occasion, you should have too many problems solving this issue.
- It should go without saying that you should have some fully updated and operational anti-virus software running on your computer at all times. It also goes without saying that you should run a full scan of your system at least once a week. If you aren’t doing any of these things than it’s very likely you have a virus, and it’s important you implement these actions immediately in your computer’s safe mode.
- Think if you’ve installed any programs recently. If yes, uninstall it and see if your computer runs faster. Press ctrl + alt + delete and Start Task Manager to see all currently operational programs.
- Turn off your computer, unplug your SATA cable, plug it back in firmly, and turn your computer on. If this doesn’t fix the problem you might need to get a new cable.
The Wild Card- Registry Errors
Windows 7 running slow all of a sudden issues are just as often caused by errors in your registry. When your registry is clogged up with registry holes and empty keys (which develop during regular use) your computer will often have to slow down noticeably as it picks through your registry and attempts to identify and avoid potential threats. Getting a registry cleaner and running it immediately and then regularly for maintenance, will often eliminate this problem and prevent it from occurring again.